Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone – Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone Dear Mamas Like Me, You who struggle daily with mental illness, neurodiversity or past trauma. This is for you. Know you are seen. Know you are not alone. TW for abuse and sexual violence I want to speak up about what it's like to be a mother [...]

By | 2017-05-15T16:31:59+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Rosemond Perdue-Cranner – Divorce, anxiety, and Effexor XR. Slaying the monsters of panic

I thought I’d won. I thought I’d bested my anxiety. With the help of a little itty bitty capsule of Effexor and some strong willed thinking, I thought I’d put anxiety in its place once and for all. Not one to gloat, but I hadn’t had a full blown writhe-in-the-middle-of-the-living-room-at-2am attack in like 3 years. [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:51:24+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |2 Comments

Marcia Kester Doyle – HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE WITH MY ANXIETY DISORDER

HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE WITH MY ANXIETY DISORDER I've been battling anxiety since I was young. Like many children, I was terrified of the dark and unable to sleep unless the closet light was left on. But during my early school years, my anxiety manifested into a deep fear of traveling to unfamiliar places [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:46:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

S. Matthew McNally

When I was young, about seven or eight, I had “blackouts.” That was my word for them. Not because I lost consciousness or had holes in my memory. They were “blackouts” because it felt like I was blacking out from reality like the world was suddenly a bit more tenuous. Everything around me seemed to [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:45:00+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

#WorkWithToday – A Mindfulness Movement – Sarah Fader and Katie Klabusich

In 1997 I was 17 years old and I wanted to die; mindfulness meditation saved my life. If it wasn’t for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s body scan and sitting meditations, I would be dead. I was able to focus all my anxious and depressed energy into one singular place. My brain literally would not shut the fuck [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:42:48+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Bipolar, PTSD|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Risa Sugarman -Anti-High Functioning

Anti-High Functioning I have been told many times that I am so high functioning for someone with depression. For a long time I not only did not mind this label but I embraced it. I thought I was fooling everyone, including myself with how I felt even though my cognition was rather disabled. I am [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:39:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

What Anxiety Feels Like to Me – Rebecca Lombardo

If I look back at all the times my anxiety has taken over my life, it’s hard to fathom. It started back when I was a kid. I often didn’t want to go to school and developed a stomach ache. It went undiagnosed for years. At age 19, I finally sought treatment, and now at [...]

By | 2017-04-18T14:14:43+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|1 Comment

Keith Roselle – A Husband Opens Up About His Wife’s Bipolar Disorder

When my wife, Ann, was officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, it was not the major revelation that one might expect. It was a label to the problem I had been dealing with since she left Silver Hill Hospital. I knew something was amiss. Despite the weekly double session therapy she’d been attending faithfully and her [...]

By | 2017-04-17T08:44:10+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar|Tags: , , , |0 Comments